Research as core competency
It is mainly universities, and not universities of applied sciences, that are engaged in research. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is an exception to this rule and is counted among those universities of applied sciences in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg who place great emphasis on research. HsKA focuses on applied research and development, therefore it is officially identified as one of our university's strategic aims.
An increasing number of research activities at HsKA is organized by a central research institute – the Center of Applied Research (CAR).
Another unrivalled asset is the possibility to carry out supervised doctoral projects, e.g. at one of the two joint graduate schools with the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), or, in individual cases, in co-operation with a HsKA partner university.
The reciprocal stimulation of research and higher education, as well as an intense dialogue with the industry, does not only strengthen the university's profile but also guarantees that graduates are highly educated and well qualified for the job market, even at an international level.
The research profile of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is determined by three interdisciplinary research priorities. Each priority is covered by several institutes and is the first contact especially for small and medium-sized enterprises who are interested in research in this particular subject. The research priorities of HsKA are included in the Research Map published by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz HRK (German Rectors' Conference).
Energy efficiency and mobility
This subject area includes research on the energy supply and energy storage of different carrier technologies. Research approaches use thermodynamic processes, future drive concepts (efficient power train, hybrid technology, e-mobility), charging infrastructure and communication infrastructure (Onboard, Offboard) or Onboard energy management. This research priority is covered by the Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and Environmental Engineering (IKKU) and the Institute of Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM).
This area comprises research of systems in engineering, economy, and education science which adapt to an individual user by interpreting and processing the signals and behavior of the user. This means optimizing human-computer interaction in the fields of application e-learning, biomedical engineering, and environmental engineering. The following units take part in this field of research: Intelligent Systems Research Group (ISRG), Institut für signalverarbeitende Systeme (ISS), Institut für Sensorik und Informationssysteme (ISIS), Forschungsgruppe Geomatik FGG (Geomatics Research Group), the Institute for Computers in Education (ICe) and the Institute for Learning and Innovation in Networks (ILIN).
Materials, processes, and systems
This priority focusses on new modeling techniques for the simulation of materials and improvements in production technology and manufacturing as well as fluid dynamics. The following areas of application are covered: design and construction of tools and molds, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering, and civil engineering. Research is carried out at the Institute of Materials und Processes (IMP), the Institut für Prävention im Bauwesen (IPB) and the Institut für Grundbau und Straßenbau IGS (Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Road Construction).